Saturday, March 16, 2013

Battle of The Sample Boxes: Ipsy Vs. Sample Society {March}

Do you notice something different? That's right...I dumped Birchbox and upgraded to Beauty Bar and Allure's Sample Society. It is $15 a month instead of $10, but it is much higher quality than Birchbox.

*$10 a month 
*It was started by Michelle Phan (who is a Youtube Beauty Guru)
*Every month you receive a make-up bag with deluxe samples and full sized products 
 My March bag:

*"Great Escape" Anchor Makeup bag (unknown value)
*La Fresh Travel-lite Makeup remover wipes 8 pack($1.49)
*Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist ($22 for 6.75oz, 1oz= $3.26)
*Glam RX Mini Freestyle Palette (unknown value, same palette with an added layer of makeup is $16.50.)
*Yabby Eyeshadow singles x2 ($3.29 each= $6.58)
Total value before makeup bag and Glam RX: $11.33 (Est. about $25 total value)

Initial Thoughts: I'm not thrilled about this Ipsy bag. I am however willing to forgive them since Ipsy has been so awesome recently. This month was a complete bust for me. The Glam RX is basically an EMPTY magnetic palette that you can put the crappy Yabby eyeshadow in. I won't use the eyeshadow and probably won't use the Glam RX. I love Juice Beauty, but I am not a fan of Hydrating Mists. I just find it odd to spray scented stuff in your face. I always want to wipe it off afterward. This stuff feels a little sticky to me too, so I don't care for it. I will use the LA Fresh wipes and the makeup bag, but that is about it.

Sample Society (Please use code TFL99 if you sign up)
*$15 a month 
*Creation of Allure and Beauty Bar
*5 deluxe-sized samples
*$15 gift code to redeem on a $50 purchase - when any product from the brands you've sampled is included in your order.
*Expert beauty advice to accompany your samples from the editors of Allure
My March box:

*Hollywood Fashion Tape (36 strips=$9.55, 18 Strips= $4.78)
*Oscar Blandi Pronto Wet Hair Care ($24 for 8.4oz, 1.7oz=$4.86)
*Butter London in Diamond Geezer (FULL SIZED! $15)
*Lashfood Eyebrow Conditioner ($90 for 0.3oz, 0.05oz= $15)
*Murad Essential-C Day Moisturizer SPF 30 ($60 for 1.7oz, 0.33oz= $11.65)
Total Value: $51.29

Initial Thoughts: I love it! The full size Butter London may have made me scream like a little girl when I opened the box. I will use everything in this box (even the fashion tape...I have a low cut dress that likes to move). I have already fell in love with the Oscar Blandi conditioner even though I will probably never buy it at that price. I definitely will not be buying the Lashfood or Murad either, but I am happy to have the samples to try. This girl can stretch samples this size over months! Very impressive first Sample Society box and I am not regretting ditching Birchbox at all. :)

This Month's Winner: Sample Society hands down. Now that my boxes are costing different amounts ($10 for Ipsy, $15 for Sample Society); I will keep that in mind when picking the winner. This month's value, usability and overall excitement all are in favor of Sample Society. I will use everything in the Sample Society box. Whereas with Ipsy I will only use 2/5 of the products. I'm not worried about it though. Ipsy has been very dependable and sent mostly amazing products. I am confident they will improve next month.

Read my previous Battle of the Sample Boxes- Ipsy Vs. Birchbox:

Disclaimer: I pay for these subscriptions out of my own pocket. This is a completely honest post for the benefit of my readers. I am not in contact with the companies and I am not compensated in any way.


Big Fat Gini said...

I actually love those La Fresh wipes. The hotel we stayed at last weekend had samples in the bathroom and they were fabulous. I normally use another brand that leave my face greasy and these didn't.

I just signed up for Birchbox, but now I'm kind of worried. Everyone hates it now. Boo...

Maddie Klingaman said...

i really enjoy these posts and I like to see what you got and how you feel about it. I do have to say that for the most part I have liked your Ipsy boxes. I'm thinking that might be a pretty cool thing to get my college kid for Xmas, a one year subscription ya know, she love makeup and stuff!

tara said...

A full sized butter London!!!!! Omg!

HappyEnchilada said...

Thanks for the honest review I've been wanting to take advantage of joining one and the Allure one would be my pick too (love the nail polish! )

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